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A Haiku Trio for X-Day April 29, 2011

Filed under: poems,writing — Langley Writes @ 12:34 pm
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The Royal Wedding

Wish we were in England but

I’m xenophobic

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Seeing the xebec

Made me think cool Johnny Depp

Sailed to my hometown

_____________________

Small rainforest bird

In danger of extinction

Help save the xenops

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A is for Absent / B is for Birthday April 3, 2011

Filed under: blogging,family,gratitude,happiness,joy,poems,writing — Langley Writes @ 8:01 pm
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In an effort to catch up on the A – Z Blog Challenge I’m combining A & B into one post on this blog. To further stretch the rules, I’m doing this combo-post on the wrong day. It’s a good thing the A – Z  challenge doesn’t have strict rules or I’d be kicked out for sure. In any case, the A & B combo-post will explain…

I was Absent on the A day because we went to my dad’s 75th Birthday party. Because we had to travel to get to his party, I was also Absent on the B day.

My family congregated in Charlotte for the festivities and we all had a big time. It strikes me that this is the second post I’ve written about family festivities and birthday parties. 2 out of 6. In case you are wondering, yeah, we like to celebrate. As a family, we’re always looking for a reason to get together and lift a glass. Hey, maybe that will be my C post – about celebrations! It’s hard to believe my dad is 75. He is a perennial child, in a good way. As I look back on some of my poems and articles it’s interesting to note how many times I’ve written about my dad. I’m going to link 2 of my favorites in case you want to know more about him.

On Being Raised by a Boy Scout

A Father’s Day Poem for Dad

I am blogging for the A – Z challenge on my Langley Writes about Writing blog, which is on Blogger. Since I know how to schedule posts there, I’m in compliance. Here on WordPress, I have no idea. We all know I’m a blogging newbie. One of the reasons I signed up for this challenge is to learn more about blogging in general. Maybe I’ll learn how to schedule a post here too, before this is all over! Let’s raise a glass to wishing!

Happy Birthday Dad! We love you!

 

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2011

Filed under: for fun,general drivel,happiness,holidays,writing — Langley Writes @ 11:04 am
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There are so many good Irish quotes I could post today. Some of my favorite Irish quotes are deep and meaningful, while others are just plain funny. Guess which one I’ll choose?

“May those who love us love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”

Over the years, I’ve written a lot of content for St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, I’m amazed at the number of page views the content gets. Most of the stuff is silly; limericks, short stories and leprechaun fantasy fun. For me, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween are the two biggest holidays – as far as page views are concerned. Before I started writing for the internet, I would never have guessed that. So here’s a tip, if you don’t already know. Write light and breezy content for St. Patrick’s Day and people will read it.

It’s nice to be able to write fun stuff right now, there is so much horror and devastation in the world. Sometimes I feel like it’s disrespectful to write kiddie stuff when there are world issues that demand serious attention. But then I think there needs to be some happy and upbeat things to think about. A short escape, we all need a break sometimes.

Speaking of Irish quotes, I whipped this out for today: The Top Five Irish Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s posted on List My Five, which is a fun and easy site to write for. The website is just starting out and it’s a rev share site, so I can’t offer an opinion about whether it will be profitable or not. But it’s a good place to get started – either as a first venture into web writing or as a start to your day. If you are a seasoned writer, banging out something light on LM5 gets your creative juices flowing. I use it as a warm-up for some of the more complicated things I’ll write about throughout the day. Give it a look.

And if you want a short break from the heartbreak in Japan or the failing economy, here are a few lighthearted St. Patrick’s Day ditties:

How to Catch a Leprechaun – a St. Patrick’s Day Get Rich Quick Scheme

An Old Irish Guy from Nantucket – a St. Patrick’s Day Limerick

Okay, I’m out. Off to write some serious stuff…

 

 
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